Sieges Even interview with Oliver Holzwarth was taken on February 1999
By John Vidiadakis
Oliver, let's start with the first album "Life cycle" (1988). How would you describe it and how do you feel about it after all these years?
This album has been our first professional step into the international world of music. Therefore it has been and still is very important to us. Personally, I think that it stands for an early stage in a long and never ending process of maturity with characteristics so typical for a young band, such as power, enthousiasm and: naivety.
The following release, "Steps" (1990), was really a large step of evolution for the band, but times then were not suitable for groups with such a multiple and strange personality like Sieges Even. What did the press and the fans think then about "Steps"?
album has been an object of controversy discussion. Although, the
were the reasons of Franz Herde's departure, and how did
answer for a cruel decision: He was not able to sing the right
"A sense of change" (1991) is considered as the absolute Sieges Even masterpiece, and despite that I don't own all your albums, I can hardly imagine an album better than this one. What do you think on this excellent album?
Three questions - three answers: Firstly,it is not considered to be our best album. Some say that steps is our best one, others say that bla bla... Secondly, try out UNEVEN (our actual output). A third point to add: You are right in claiming ASOC to be an excellent album. I mean, it is a document of a stage of the band at that time very melodic with a deluge of positive vibes on it - it is the diametrical contrast to steps: very melancholic and sometimes extremely depressive. You are right (of course): It's excellent
How and why did the second change on the singer's seat and the change of guitarist come, with Greg Keller finally on vocals and Wolfgang Zenk on guitar?
left the band in the end of '92 because he had other plans. Jogi
Could you describe your latest two releases ("Sophisticated" - 1995 "Uneven" - 1997)? What do they mean for you and for the future of Sieges Even?
these two albums Sieges Even has been reborn and redefined. The
Charlie Bauerfeind seems to have become a permanent member of the band, after all these years on the producer's seat. How would you describe the relationship between the group and him? Do you think is important to have a permanent relationship with the producer, or a change can be better?
question: After all those years there is a special relationship
Are you still in contact with Franz Herde, Jogi Kaiser and Markus Steffen?
Yes, No, No.
What are the future plans of the group? After the departure from Under Siege Records, are there any contacts or a contract with other companies?
Yes, there are contacts to some companies. We are going to have several meetings to get a good contract. Perhaps we are going to do a demo tape with new songs. If everything works fine we are going to fix a deal in the next days. Let's wait and see. Perhaps we will do it on our own. Nobody knows, yet.
What kind of experience is a live performance for the group, and how do the fans usually react? Also, could you describe the experience you gained while playing with ELP and Psychotic Waltz? Are you still in contact with them?
there is no contact with neither of the two. Playing as the opener
Talking about live gigs, you came some months ago here in Greece with Blind Guardian. Which are your impressions from Greece, and what's your opinion on the music of Blind Guardian and their latest release, where you contributed too?
greek fans are as enthousiastic as the fans in south america, for
Which were the groups and artists that made you want to play music, and which do you think were the main influences on Sieges Even music now and then?
the early days our influences were metal and rock bands. Today this
Even seems destined to belong to a rather small audience,
course, I would prefer that. Playing our own music and earning a
What do you think about the movement to whose pioneers you belong, progressive metal, nowadays? Is it still worth the name "progressive"?
Being progressive implies the effort to create something new in breaking traditional frontiers. That is what we try all the time. I don't know if there is any progressive movement at the moment. It seems that nobody needs it.
Are there any good underground German prog metal bands?
Yes, there is Sieges Even from munich. They are underground. Don't know about any other band.
Finally, what is music to you? Your way to "renew the bond with ages gone by" by expressing your deepest feelings, a passage out of conformity "while hope and death carry on their dialogue", or something else?
Music is self expression: I play and therefore I am.
thanx for everything, and especially for those seemingly endless
You for the interview. Take care.
Epigram for the last straw ©2000
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